The final matches of the Kentucky Match Play Championships on Thursday, June 9 at Boone’s Trace National Golf Club were more of the same weather and talent-wise – terrific! Four Divisions (Senior Championship, Senior Handicap, Open Championship and Players Division) of amateur golfers went head-to-head one last time for a great showdown.
The Senior Handicap Division started the day out with Tim Dudley of Bronston stretching his final match to the final hole with Dan Trent of La Grange. He took home the 2 up victory after some great play and overcoming a 1 down deficit at the turn.
In the Players Division, Ben Kendrick of Danville played solidly to wear down Nick Wilkins of Frankfort in a 5&4 victory to take home top honors. These young players both had a great week of golf!
The Kentucky Senior Match Play Championship featured the same final pairing as the 2015 Final – Steve Humphrey of Lexington and Gary Backlund of Mt. Sterling. Both players played a solid match all day long. Backlund fought a balky putter at times and Humphrey’s only mistake came with an errant tee shot on the 10th tee. Both players posted mostly pars and birdies with Humphrey coming away with the 3&2 victory and defending his title.
The Kentucky Match Play Championship was whittled down to the Upper Bracket and Lower Bracket Matches in the morning – where Denver Haddix, Jr. of Lexington played like his hair was on fire to defeat Louisville’s Rob Crockett, II 5&4. Owensboro’s Andy Roberts and Lexington’s Joe Deraney battled one another to the final tee shot with Roberts coming away with the 2 up victory. In the final match, it was time for the #1 seed and medalist (Roberts) to take on the 2014 Match Play Champion (Haddix). We anticipated a lot of birdies in this final match and neither player disappointed. Roberts was 5 under on his round and Haddix was 10 (unofficially). It was a fun, dart-throwing contest with Haddix coming away with the 2016 Match Play Title and a 4&2 victory.
Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to all who participated and to Boone’s Trace National for being fantastic hosts!
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Quarterfinal & Semifinal Matches
It was a cooler, gorgeous day for some exciting match-ups on Wednesday, June 8 at Boone’s Trace National Golf Club for the Quarterfinal and Semifinal Matches of t he Kentucky Match Play Championships. Four Divisions (Senior Championship, Senior Handicap, Open Championship and Players Division) of amateur golfers went head-to-head in some terrific competition.
The Senior Handicap Division kicked off the Quarterfinals with Louisville’s Vernon Denham, Bronston’s Tim Dudley, La Grange’s Dan Trent and Louisville’s Jerry Edwards all winning their respective matches. After a brief rest period, Denham was set to take on Dudley in the Semis and Trent and Edwards squared off against one another. Dudley won his match 3&2, while Trent pulled off the 1 up victory. We look forward to a great final match between these two gentlemen in the morning!
The Senior Championship featured some outstanding golf! Defending Champ Steve Humphrey of Lexington defeated Stefan Robbins 2 up. Bowling Green’s Steve Rogers outlasted Louisville’s John Lepping 1 up. Mt. Sterling’s Gary Backlund continued his great play with a 2 up victory over Louisville’s Bill Leavell. Lexington’s Christopher Chee outlasted the tough hanging Joe Pavoni of Prospect for a 1 up victory. In the Semis, the fireworks continued with Humphrey taking on Rogers and Backlund taking on Chee. We will be in for a rematch of the 2015 Senior Championship Finals, as Humphrey (3&1) and Backlund (6&5) both won their matches to meet each other once again in the finals. These two play a lot of golf together – what is another round?! We look forward to finding out.
The Players Bracket saw just a little bit of everything. Zach Smith of Mt. Sterling, Ben Kendrick of Danville, Hans Stromberg of Lexington and Nick Wilkins of Frankfort all posted Quarterfinal victories. Smith took on Kendrick in the Semifinals while Stromberg and Wilkins (who both were in close Quarterfinal matches) battled on another in the afternoon. Kendrick won his match handily (7&5) as did Wilkins (5&4). These two will meet in the finals tomorrow morning and we look forward to a great battle!
The Open Championship had an action packed Quarterfinal Round before putting on a late afternoon show in the Semifinals. Andy Roberts of Owensboro posted a 4&2 win in the morning over Carson Riley. Chase Wathen of Louisville defeated Jeremy Curtis 5&3. Roberts and Wathen advanced to play one another in the Semis. Will Sallee of Lexington defeated Taylor Riggs 1 up in the morning, while Joseph Deraney of Lexington defeated Zach Mattingly 5&4. Sallee and Deraney then teed it up against each other in the Semis. Denver Haddix, Jr. of Lexington inched past Matthew Mahle 1 up to reach the Semis and face Jared Brown of Bowling Green. Brown defeated Billy Tom Sargent 2&1 in the Quarterfinals. Lexington’s Matt Epperson outlasted Tyler Lippert 1 up before facing Louisville’s Rob Crockett, II in the Semis. Crockett had a dominating Quarterfinal 8&6 victory over Jeffery Meade in the Quarterfinals. 2013 Champion Deraney pulled off the 1 up victory to advance to the Upper Championship Bracket Match against #1 seeded Roberts who won his match 3&2. 2014 Champion Haddix won his match 3&2 to advance to the Lower Championship Bracket Match against Crockett, who pulled off the 1 up victory in his match. The winner of the Upper and Lower Bracket Matches will then play in the finals on Thursday afternoon – we know that those on hand to watch won’t be disappointed with a combination of any of these players battling this out! There are four talented Mid-Amateurs in these final matches!
We cannot wait for the fantastic conclusion tomorrow!
Round of 16 Matches
It was another beautiful day on Tuesday, June 7 at Boone’s Trace National Golf Club for the Round of 16 Matches of the Kentucky Match Play Championships. Four Divisions (Senior Championship, Senior Handicap, Championship and Players Division) of amateur golfers squared off in an exciting day of head-to-head competition.
The Senior Handicap Division got the early start with a play-in match. Jim Stricker of Louisville defeated Ernie Stallard of Georgetown 2&1. Stricker then went on to face the #1 Seed, Glasgow’s Johnny Belcher in the Round of 16. Round of 16 Winners included: Vernon Denham of Louisville with a 3&1 victory, Pat McGinnis of Prospect defeating Jimmy Simpson, Tim Dudley of Bronston with a 1-up win, Raymond Casey Frankfort winning 3&1, Dan Trent of La Grange with a 2&1 victory, John Henry of Richmond with a 3&2 win and Jerry Edwards of Louisville with a 1-up win.
The Senior Championship Division favored the higher seeded players. This included a 2&1 victory by Defending Champ, Steve Humphrey of Lexington. Other victories included Stefan Robbins of Lexington (3&2), Steve Rogers of Bowling Green (2&1), John Lepping of Louisville (2&1), Gary Backlund of Mt. Sterling (7&5), Bill Leavell of Louisville (4&3), Christopher Chee of Lexington (4&2) and John Pavoni of Prospect bringing the only lower seed upset of the Division after 20 holes. We are really excited to check out the Quarterfinals of this Championship – there are some killer match-ups!
The Players Division featured several Round of 16 byes and one forfeited match. However, the remaining three matches brought plenty of excitement! That included Steven Zehr of Morganfield with a 2&1 victory, Drew Allenspach of Louisville with a dominating 6&5 win and Hans Stromberg of Lexington with a solid 4&2 victory. In the Quarterfinals Zach Smith, Ben Kendrick, Ben Durham, Nick Wilkins and Stephen Ewing will all get their chance at match play competition.
In the Open Championship Division, #1 Seed Andy Roberts of Owensboro began his match play quest with a 5&4 victory. Carson Riley of Hendersonville pulled the “upset” with a 5&4 victory. Roberts & Riley will face off at 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Jeremy Curtis of Morganfield and Chase Wathen of Louisville both posted 2&1 victories and will go head-to-head on Wednesday. Will Sallee of Lexington also touted a 5&4 victory, while Taylor Riggs of La Grange posted a dominating 7&6 victory. Those two will also square off on Wednesday, in what should be a fun match to watch. 2014 Champ, Joe Deraney of Lexington won his Sweet 16 Match 2&1, while Zach Mattingly of Louisville posted a 3&1 victory. We look forward to seeing these two play against one another. Matthew Mahle of Lexington pulled a 3&2 “upset” victory while Denver Haddix, Jr. (also of Lexington) squeaked out a 1-up win in a battle of “Mid-Ams”. They will face off in the Quarterfinals. Jared Brown of Bowling Green posted a solid 4&3 victory, while Billy Tom Sargent of Georgetown pulled off an “upset” 2-up victory to face Brown on Wednesday. Two more decisive “upset” victories came courtesy of Tyler Lippert of Mt. Olivet (3&1) and Matt Epperson of Lexington (5&4) – we look forward to seeing who comes out on top in their Quarterfinal match. Jeffery Meade of Ashland secured a 1-up victory,while Robbie Crockett, II of Louisville posted a 2&1 victory to face in the Quarterfinals.
It was a gorgeous day for the qualifying round of the Kentucky Match Play Championships on Monday, June 6 at Boone’s Trace National Golf Club in Richmond. Amateurs and Senior Amateurs shared in the great weather and excellent scoring opportunities to put themselves in a position to hoist the winning trophy on Thursday afternoon.
Players set themselves up for two divisions within their two Championships: In the Kentucky Match Play Championship players vied for the Open and Players (Net Scoring) Division and the Kentucky Senior Match Play Championship also feature Gross and Handicap Divisions .
Defending Kentucky Match Play Champion David Snyder was unable to play in this year’s event, therefore, the Number One Seed was up for grabs. Andy Roberts of Owensboro certainly grabbed the attention of the amateur field with an impressive round of eight-under-par 64 to take that coveted position. Coming off his recent success with partner Robbie Crockett at the U.S. Four-Ball Championship at Winged Foot, Roberts had a one-shot advantage over Trey Cox of Lexington. Nick McCarthy of Nicholasville and Will Sallee of Lexington opened with rounds of 67 to round out the top four seeds. 2013 Kentucky Match Play Champion Joe Deraney of Lexington was an additional shot back for the fifth seed. Players seemed to enjoy low scoring conditions with 21 players shooting even-par or better. This should make for a fantastic round of opening matches on Tuesday (these set of matches will begin at 11 a.m.)!
Zach Smith of Mt. Sterling is the top seed in the Player’s Division of Matches after a round of 76. He, Ben Durham (2) of Richmond, Nick Wilkins (3) of Frankfort and Ben Kendrick (4) of Danville will enjoy byes in the Round of 16 before setting to work on a talented field.
Back to defend his 2015 Title is Steve Humphrey of Lexington in the Kentucky Senior Match Play. Making some noise in the Qualifying Round was Mt. Sterling’s Gary Backlund, who fired a red-hot round of seven-under-par 65. That was seven shots better than a large group who finished at even-par, including John Lepping of Louisville, Christopher Chee of Lexington, Steve Rogers of Bowling Green and Rick Cain of Louisville. Backlund’s round featured an eagle, six birdies and a lone bogey on the 16th hole. David Rabold of Bowling Green provided some fireworks of his own, courtesy of a Hole-In-One on the Fourth Hole from 163 yards. Congratulations to him on this outstanding accomplishment! It should be an exciting Championship for the Seniors, as well. Humphrey and Backlund battled one another in Finals last year at Big Spring Country Club Inc.’s Harmony Landing Campus.
Johnny Belcher of Glasgow took the top seed in the Round of 16 Matches for the Senior Handicap Division after a round of 78. Jimmy Simpson II of Frankfort will be the Two Seed and Rick Smith of Winchester is the Three Seed – both gentlemen also shot 78s. This Division will also feature one play-in match to enter the Round of 16.